Centrelink Disability and Illness Payments

WHAT PAYMENT AM I ELIGIBLE FOR IF I AM DISABLED?


If you have an illness or disability, and you meet the means testing eligibility as outlined above, then Centrelink will need to establish your illness or disability do stop you from engaging in the work-force. This process is called Job Capacity Assessment. For some people, it will be obvious they are unable to work.


In this case, Centrelink will measure the level of impairment to determine if you are eligible for the Disability Support Pension.

For people with serious conditions, you may find the symptoms you live with fall under different categories and vary in strength. It is also widely known that symptoms may come and go, or may be worse on some days than others. It is therefore very important to be realistic. Can you work if you are having a bad day?

Your supporting health practitioners and your advocate (or family) will support you through this process.

KEY ELIGIBILITY POINTS FOR THE DISABILITY SUPPORT PENSION

1. Fully Diagnosed, Fully Treated and Fully Stabilised

2. Your condition is likely to result in you being unable to work more than 15 hours a week in the next 2 years.

3. You meet the required impairment rating.



WHAT DOES FULLY DIAGNOSED, FULLY TREATED AND FULLY STABILISED MEAN?

WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT RATES FOR THE DISABILITY SUPPORT PENSION?

The rate of the payable pension depend on several factors that include whether or not:

• you have a partner (and living with them)

• you own a home

• you have children

• Your assets and income

• Whether you are under 21 years of age

The maximum rate:

-  for a single person  $944.30 a fortnight and 

-  for a couple $711.80 (if the couple both get pensions, then the total is $1,423.60 a fortnight.


Depending on your income and assets, and whether you are working part time, you may get a reduced rate of pension. As we are a subsidiary of Health & Finance Integrated, a leading medical financial advisory firm, we can provide you with advice on how much to get and how to structure your finances to get the most out of your benefits.

WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR YOUR DSP


It may take anywhere between 6 to 12 months for you to get a response to your application for a disability support pension.


In the meantime, it is highly likely that you will be put on to Jobseeker (Newstart) – provided that you meet the income and assets test (click here) and provided that you are:


  • At least 22
  • Reside in Australia
  • Are unemployed
  • Able to prove you’re looking for work, and;
  • Not on strike

For Singles: 
  • $565.70 JobSeeker Payment
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.

Couples:

$760.80 each includes:

  • $510.80 JobSeeker Payment
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.

Some people who are put on Jobseeker (Newstart) pending an application for a Disability Support may be required to access Disability Employment Services.